Weekend Family Highlights: Goldilocks on Trial, Peking Acrobats, Little Mermaid and More!


President’s Day Weekend is here! Here are some of the best events happening in our area.

This weekend, Studio Playhouse will present Goldilocks on Trial, a fun show for the entire family. Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Judge Wallabee will decide her fate after hearing testimony from Goldee, the Three Bears, Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, and other familiar fairy tale characters. Performances will be at 1:30 and 3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person.

On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Peking Acrobats at 1:00 PM. Hailed as China’s most gifted tumblers, jugglers and gymnasts, these performers will amaze audiences with their bravery and dexterity. Tickets are $29-$59 per person.

Also on Saturday, South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The Little Mermaid at 2:00 PM. This classic tale is brought to the stage by the internationally acclaimed The Panto Company. The story follows a mermaid who believes life would be better out of the water. This show is recommended for children ages 4-10 years old and is approximately 60 minutes long. Tickets are $18 per person.

Family Art Adventure

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members.

The Bellevue Avenue Branch of the Montclair Public Library (185 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair) will host Danna Banana: Family Concert on Saturday at 2:00 PM. This family music show features toe-tapping original music by this performer who was named Best Party Entertainer by New York Magazine. No registration is required. This event is recommended for children ages 3-7.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will present two-time GRAMMY Award nominee and Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell and her family band on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Join them as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Elizabeth’s album You Are My Little Bird. Enjoy original songs as well as homespun renditions of songs by Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, and more. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members). Expected run time is 60 minutes.

On Sunday, the Montclair History Center (110 Orange Road, Montclair) will present Eyewitness to History: The African American Experience from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Explore 200 years of Black history in Montclair and New Jersey. Through first-hand accounts and artifacts, participants can discuss race in the past and present day. Tours are given on the hour with the last tour at 3:00 PM. Admission is $6 /adult; $5 /student or senior with ID; $4/child age 2+. Children under 2 are free.

Also on Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations continue this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.

If you’re looking for something fun for kids on Monday while the schools are closed for President’s Day, check our article from earlier this week.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

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